Amans Ntakarutimana


Amans Ntakarutimana, Director of Programmes, Rwanda
Amans Ntakarutimana,

Amans Ntakarutima is an Environmental Health  Researcher   in Community Health Education with over 17 years of field experience  working in community based interventions in rural and urban communities in Rwanda, Burundi and DRC. Since 2009, he has been Principal Investigator to improve Environmental Health/WASH Services in Rwanda in collaboration with Ministry of Education and University of Rwanda, Unicef Rwanda, UNESCO, UNITAR, International Institute of Burkina Faso, Stockholm Environment Institute and Walden University (USA).

He joined Africa AHEAD in 2013 as Programme Manager in Rusizi District during the Gates funded Randomised Control Trial  and conducted his own parrellel research in the same CHCs, which he is now using for his PhD  thesis entitled, ‘Bridging the gap between Community Health Policy and Practice’  currently beeing completed at Walden Unversity, Minnesota, USA.

He single-handedly replicated the CHC Model in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a small project where Africa AHEAD was partnering with Tearfund, in a consortium funded by DfiD. Personally putting himself at extreme risk in a country largely beyond the rule of law, he was successful in demonstrating the power of CHC to rebuild community and change hygiene and sanitation behaviour in one of the most extreme environments in Africa, and for this dedication beyond the call of duty, he was  awarded our Directors Award in 2016 and is a valuable asset as an Associate of Africa AHEAD.

Languages: French, English, Kirundi, Kirwanda.

Curriculum Vitae: Click here for full CV 


Ntakarutimana A,  Kagwiza J,  Bushaija E, Tumusiime DK, Ekane N, Schuller KA. (2021) Reduction of Hygiene-Related Disease and Malnutrition in RwandaJournal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 76–8621, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 76–86. DOI: 10.5590/JSBHS.2021.15.1.06

Ntakarutimana A,  Kagwiza J,  Bushaija E, Tumusiime DK, Ekane N, Schuller KA. (2021) Insights From the Implementation and Adoption of Community-Based Health InterventionsJournal of Social, Behavioral,
and Health Sciences. Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 61–75. DOI: 10.5590/JSBHS.2021.15.1.04. 

Waterkeyn J, Waterkeyn, A, Uwingabire F, Pantoglou J, Ntakarutimana A, Mbirira M, Katabarwa J., Bigirimana Z, Cairncross S, Carter R. (2020).  The value of monitoring data in a process evaluation of hygiene behaviour change in Community Health Clubs to explain findings from a cluster-randomised controlled trial in Rwanda. BMC Public Health 20, 98.

Waterkeyn J,  Matimati R, Muringaniza A, Chigono A, Ntakarutimana A, Katabarwa J, Bigirimana Z, Pantoglou J, Waterkeyn A, Cairncross S. (2019) Comparative Hygiene Behaviour Change and Cost-effectiveness of Community Health Clubs  in Rwanda and  Zimbabwe.  Hygiene for Human Health and Infection Control .  IntechOpen. (Poster)

Ntakarutimana A, Ekane N. (2017)  Performance of community health clubs in transforming sanitation and hygiene conditions  

 Ntakarutimana. A.  (2016) A Case for Integrated population, health and environment: a  case study from Rwanda and DRC (2014-2015).  School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda.

Conference Presentations:

Integrated Population Health and Environment: A Case Study from Rwanda and DRC. 2016; Proceedings of the Conference of East African Health Research, Bujumbura.

Conference Presentations:

Evidence based community water supply and sanitation to prevent child deaths, 2nd International Conference on preventing Maternal and Child deaths, Serena Hotel, Kigali 8-9 July 2010

Feasibility study of Rain water Harvesting by roof catchment of households in Rwandan community, 1st Regional conference on environmental health, National Institute of Public Health – Bujumbura, 2009

Protecting health from Climate change, World Health Day, Ministry of Health, May 2008